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Video Stream: 'Anchorman 2' brings mixed news to table with home release

Decisions. Decisions.

The wacky news team returns for another edition in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."

To buy the new release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Rated PG-13, Paramount Pictures, $9.99 to $57.99 depending on version and format, 3-of-5 stars) or wait for another digital version entitled Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: No Joke Cut, an edition without a single joke that focuses on the film’s dramatic elements. The blu-ray and DVD hit store shelves today (April 1).

You really have to be a die hard to want that, considering the blu-ray release of the former which includes three versions of the movie – theatrical, unrated and super-sized R-rated – for fans’ viewing pleasure.
Judging from its nearly $128 million domestic gross, plenty of people didn’t mind the marketing overkill that accompanied the movie’s release? Me? A boycott associated with any product that used the likeness of Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) was under consideration.

Perhaps that colored my initial review of it. Then again upon repeated viewing – nope.

Anchorman 2 possesses some charms, but it has the kind of smarmy, totally stupid humor that grows tedious after a while. It’s a movie made with the idea of creating memorable pop culture one liners that can be hurled around during a frat party. Those films have their place, but too much of a good thing comes across as self-indulgent.

The one element found in Anchorman 2 that worked beyond anyone’s wildest dreams is the riff on the formation of cable news and the mindless twaddle it evolved into. It takes direct aim at the folks who revel in watching stories about car chases, the vapid celebrity news and so on. And in those moments, Anchorman 2 shows its intelligence. Unfortunately the filmmakers don’t present enough of them.

Extras: In addition to the three versions of the film, Paramount includes a digital copy – your choice of UltraViolet or iTunes – approximately 90 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes and four featurettes.

Coming attractions: Look for The Monuments Men, George Clooney’s World War II drama about Army officers tasked with recovering artworks stolen by the Nazis, makes its debut on home entertainment media May 20…Eastbound & Down’s fourth season will be released on May 13…Grace Kelly fans will have a new DVD box set to add to their collections with the release of The Grace Kelly Collection July 29, which includes Dial M For Murder, To Catch a Thief and High Society along with three other films.

Bargain bin: Several blu-ray titles are available at tremendous price cuts, including The Amazing Spider-Man (the next in the series arrives next month), which is selling for under $11 online along with classics such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, currently available for $6.49 on Amazon.

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